19th-Century English School

Portrait Of A Gentleman

19th-Century English School

Portrait Of A Gentleman

This charming mid-19th-century English oil painting depicts a dapper gentleman wearing a shirt with upturned collars, black cravat, and black frock coat.

The gentleman’s outfit aligns with the fashions of the 1830s/1840s, probably around the time of Queen Victoria’s ascent. This was a period whereby menswear became somewhat less exaggerated than in the previous decade. A respectable male would avoid conspicuous decadence, opting instead for sophistication. A flick of the hair giving the impression of an active country lifestyle.

The artist is unknown but they’ve captured his expression with deft handling. There’s a sense of his underlying spirit.

Held in a splendid 19th-century carved frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 32½” x 37½” / 83cm x 95cm
Year of creation: c. 1840
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Canvas relined. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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